Introducing The Cover Star of Rolling Stone's October Issue, Stephen Curry
At 34, Curry is “absolutely” committed to winning the title again this year. But the game isn’t his only focus. Curry has raised his profile as a businessman, a humanitarian, and — slowly but surely — an activist and more vocal political leader. Look into his kaleidoscopic stare as he considers his status in the history books, and you begin to believe Curry when he declares that he can eventually “have as much influence” as Michael Jordan. And while the notoriously apolitical Jordan once said that “Republicans buy sneakers, too,” Curry has already put his brand on the line by clashing with Trump, endorsing Joe Biden, and marching for racial justice. Now, Curry is grappling with how he might expand the meaning of influence, and wondering what the fuck he is gonna say next.
"We get attacked as athletes sometimes when you don’t want to say something — ‘I need to get more educated,’ there’s all these lines that people use. It kind of seems like you’re soft or like you’re equivocating or avoiding whatever the situation is. Honestly, in that moment, yes, I could have been a lot stronger on a point of view, but I wasn’t prepared to do that at the time, so I don’t regret that."
Writer: Matt Sullivan
Matt Sullivan has been an editor at The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Esquire and Bleacher Report. His writing regularly appears in Rolling Stone and has also been published at ESPN, GQ, Men’s Health, New York and The Washington Post. Matt has been a guest multiple times on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the BBC. His work in sports, celebrity, public-health and social-justice journalism has been honored more than a dozen times by The Best American Sports Writing, the National Magazine Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Photographer: Andre D. Wagner
Andre D. Wagner is a photographer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He explores and chronicles the poetic and lyrical nuances of daily life, using city streets, neighborhoods, parades, public transportation and the youth of the twenty first century as his visual language. His photographs have been commissioned by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Cut, W Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, WSJ, Time Magazine, Vogue, among other publications.
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